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Making a Difference, Now and in the Future

Making a Difference, Now and in the Future

Upon retirement, Marilyn and Gary Wenzel began volunteering at LCFS after seeing a presentation on the agency's mission.

Faith has always been an important part of Marilyn and Gary's lives. They met and graduated from Concordia University, River Forest. Both began their careers as Lutheran teachers. Gary eventually became the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia, his alma mater, and Marilyn became a high school librarian.

No strangers to helping people with a hand up, Marilyn and Gary had become a safety net to a challenged but gifted music student at the high school where Marilyn worked. Mark came from a troubled family that was also economically challenged. When he was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, he was unable to attend because the tuition was beyond his reach.

That's where the Wenzels came in. Berklee provided Mark with a sizable scholarship and the Wenzels felt compelled to help him financially by filling in the gap, so he could pursue his dreams.

"We decided to volunteer because LCFS is able to help thousands of people like Mark with a hand up. Through LCFS' See the Change presentation, we were able to see firsthand the change that the organization was having in people's lives," said Marilyn.

Recently, Gary and Marilyn met with their financial planner and decided to name LCFS as a beneficiary of their estate. "If faith is important to you and you are committed to nurturing and protecting children, strengthening families and making a difference, LCFS should be high on your list when making your lasting legacy gifts," said Gary.

With a planned gift to LCFS, you can combine your desire to give to charity with your overall financial, tax, and estate planning goals. You will help children and families in need - now and for years to come.

For more information on naming LCFS in your will and joining LCFS' Shepherd Society, please contact Marylyn Rodgers at (708) 488-5557 or Marylyn_rodgers@lcfs.org


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